It looks like the latest addition of the Run For All series, the Asda Foundation Bury 10K, will be a successful one after 1300 runners turned out for the first ever event on Sunday (18 September). The race was organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All team in partnership with I Will If You Will (IWIYW), a fitness movement in Bury that’s helping women, girls and their families to be more active, more often.
The town proved to be an admirable host with spectators helping to create an electric atmosphere as they cheered the runners around the route, which started and finished near the Rock retail and leisure venue.
Clayton le Moors’ Danny Collinge, who has posted a series of speedy times at Burnley parkrun throughout the year, took first in 32:59, a minute and a half ahead of Bury AC’s Ben Coop (34:28) with Daniel Bird in third place (34:38).
It was a Bury AC 1-2 in the female field as Katie Geelan (39:48) and Sophie Whittaker (39:55) battled it out for top place, while Emily Carr took third place in 40:45. Debbie Peacock was the midpoint runner in 58:04 and the last competitor come home in 2:27:18.
Many runners were supporting a good cause of their own choice or one of the event’s partner charities - Jigsaw, Home-Start Bury, Bury Hospice, the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Trust and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “We are delighted with the success of the first Asda Foundation Bury 10K.”
Juie added: “It was clear that runners of all abilities took the opportunity to get involved, many of them managing to raise money for good causes while improving their fitness as well. Well done to all the finishers.”